Lou's Lookout

Lake Waikaremoana

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2 km return | 40 minutes return

The vantage point looks straight up the spine of the lake. A cross section of Panekiri Bluff to the west falls to the many indentations of the Whanganui Inlet. The Puketukutuku Range is the bulbous hummock which separates the Whanganui Inlet from the Wairau Arm. The eastern shores rise towards Lake Waikareiti. The nearby ridge crest, backed by the Ngamoko Range, is dotted with bizarre sculpted blocks, which face the rippling lake below.

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Access

The start of the track is signposted opposite the small parking bay 9 km south of the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre.

Track

This steep track climbs to the top of the ridge for a magnificent lake viewpoint. Numerous steps aid the climb, which weaves through the fragmented blocks of rock. The angles of the rock beds are tilted to almost vertical and where blocks have split, there are cave arches and holes. For this reason, keep to the track.

Entering kamahi forest near the top, the track arrives at a viewing platform with supreme lake views.

Flora

Rosie Bay and the containment measures in action to contain the invasion of the water weed, Lagarosiphon major, are tucked into the foreground.

European History

Lou Dolman, a well-known policeman at Tuai, took a keen interest in the construction of tracks around Lake Waikaremoana during the 1960s. This track is named in his honour.

5 reviews with the most recent first

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Harriet and Paul

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Superb place! It was an utterly beautiful area and the view from Lou's lookout was lovely. Very atmospheric when the mist comes in over the mountain, a place not to be missed.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2017

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Katharina Schick

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful spot with a nice view.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Sylvain Schiber

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice walk full of different little paths with cliffs and rocks. Perfect to relax after the Great Walk.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Nimh Oudhof

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice, short but definitely worth it, not boring at all.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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jag1

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

A short and fairly constant climb to an absolutely panoramic view of the lake. Highly recommended.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

5 reviews with the most recent first

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

Harriet and Paul's avatar

Harriet and Paul

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Superb place! It was an utterly beautiful area and the view from Lou's lookout was lovely. Very atmospheric when the mist comes in over the mountain, a place not to be missed.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2017

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Katharina Schick

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful spot with a nice view.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Sylvain Schiber's avatar

Sylvain Schiber

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice walk full of different little paths with cliffs and rocks. Perfect to relax after the Great Walk.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Nimh Oudhof's avatar

Nimh Oudhof

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice, short but definitely worth it, not boring at all.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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jag1

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

A short and fairly constant climb to an absolutely panoramic view of the lake. Highly recommended.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago